Following the victory for Joe McElderry in X Factor 2009, many see him as a clear-cut favourite for Christmas Number 1 in the UK, however, an internet movement to oust the X Factor winner from the top spot is quickly gathering pace, with the surprise addition of Rage Against the Machine into the running for this year’s Xmas top spot.
Users of social networking websites have been imploring their friends not to bow to peer pressure and, instead of ordering Joe McElderry’s “The Climb”, to purchase a copy – or more – of Rage Against the Machine’s track “Killing in the Name” which has the rather appropriate chorus of “F**k you, I won’t do what you tell me” repeated over and over.
As the more acerbic in the blogosphere have pointed out, more than once, it is somewhat ironic that people are doing precisely what they are told by buying the RATM track, however, this is unlikely to deter the growing band of internet users exhibiting “anti-X Factor” sentiment and purchasing at least one copy in the next week or so.
Online bookmakers Paddy Power now make RATM 1/5 in their “without X Factor” market for Christmas Number One while, in the past 24 hours, one user on internet betting exchange Betfair has piled over £7,000 on Rage Against The Machine in the same market.
Amazon UK’s music chart would indicate that this movement is achieving good success thus far – Amazon UK has the top 3 songs in the following order (note that there are 2 copies of Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name” which may have to be accounted for when official charts are drawn up):
- Joe McElderry “The Climb”
- Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name” [explicit]
- Rage Against the Machine “Killing in the Name”
Source, Amazon UK MP3 Chart
Whether or not this internet coup on music’s most watched chart succeeds, it is highly likely that Simon Cowell and his X Factor friends will not be disappointed by the likely increase in purchases such a “battle for number one” creates – with those who want Joe McElderry to chart at the top now more likely than ever to bulk buy their beloved’s single in order to help him to achieve the spot.
If Rage Against the Machine can claim the top of the Christmas chart, it will demonstrate just how powerful the internet is when it comes to orchestrating a public chart or vote: politicians, with the UK election year coming in 2010, will likely watch with a mixture of excitement and trepidation.